Cyndi Lauper’s new Broadway musical ‘Kinky Boots

Have you heard the one about the drag queen and the shoemaker? Those are the central characters in the cult 2005 British comedy Kinky Boots, the latest movie to get the Broadway jazz-hand treatment. With music and lyrics by ’80s pop star Cyndi Lauper and a book by Newsies‘ Harvey Fierstein, the eccentric transatlantic export is set to head to the Great White Way in spring 2013 — but you don’t have to wait until then to hear what Lauper has up her legwarmer!

EW has an exclusive first listen of “Sex Is in the Heel,” the first song released from Lauper’s debut theatrical score. The song will be available for free download starting June 22 at 10:30 a.m. on the show’s official website. If you prefer a live rendition, Lauper will perform the song at this Sunday’s New York Pride Parade (where she’ll serve as Grand Marshal). Get your first earful of a remixed version of “Sex” below!

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In Kinky Boots, a sassy drag queen named Lola becomes the unlikely savior for Charlie Price, a shoemaker whose family business is falling flat. Lola shakes things up when she sashays into Charlie’s life and inspires him to transform his shoe line into fetish footwear for transvestites, revitalizing both the business and the entire community.
Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde) will direct and choreograph the show, which will play Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre from October 2 through Nov. 4, 2012, in anticipation of a Broadway opening in 2013.

Cyndi Lauper the Queen for Pride Toronto 2010

Cyndi Lauper, one of the world’s most recognized Queer icons, comes to Toronto on Saturday, July 3 2010 for a FREE concert in Queen’s Park.

An unwavering advocate for LGBTTIQQ2SA* rights, Cyndi Lauper established herself as a household name with the 1983 single “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, kicking off a long career which includes more than 25 million in record sales and nominations for 13 Grammy awards, 2 Emmy awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV awards.

Her most recent album “Bring Ya To The Brink” affirmed her international pop diva status, even more so amongst her LGBT fans, who were featured prominently in the music video for her #1 single, “Into The Nightlife”.

“It’s an honor to always have the genuine affection of the gay community,” Cyndi says. “They have never turned their back on me and I will never turn my back on them. We’ve had a long and enduring love affair.”

In 2007, Lauper created the True Colors Tour, bringing together artists like Erasure, The B-52s, the Indigo Girls, Deborah Harry and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to raise public awareness about issues facing the LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. A year later, she founded the True Colors Fund to inspire and engage everyone-particularly those in the straight community-to become involved in the advancement of equality.

Most recently, Lauper joined Lady Gaga as a spokesperson for the 2010 MAC Viva Glam Campaign, which was established in 1994 to support people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS around the world.

The Grammy award-winning singer and Emmy award-winning actress is currently working on her newest studio album scheduled for release in June. Lauper is also featured on the new “Celebrity Apprentice” edition on NBC starting March 14 and later this year launches her own reality show.

Lauper’s performance during Pride Week will be part of a full program of entertainment and activities in Queen’s Park; the newest addition to the ever-expanding Pride Week site which includes eight stages over more than 22 city blocks and an attendance of more than one million. Plans for the new Queen’s Park site include a beverage garden and more Pride Week Streetfair exhibitors.

“We are happy that Cyndi and her incredible team worked with us to make this happen” said Mary Zondanos, Arts & Entertainment Manager for Pride Toronto. “Her work both as a performer and an activist is an inspiration to us all. There will be tears, and I’m sure some will be mine.”

About Pride Toronto:
Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts Pride Week, an annual festival held during the last week of June in downtown Toronto. Pride Toronto exists to celebrate the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities and is one of the leading cultural events of its kind in the world with a total economic benefit in 2009 of $136 million. Toronto’s Pride Week has been named Best Festival in Canada by the Canadian Special Events Industry, is recognized as one of only Eight Signature Events in the city of Toronto, is ranked as one of the TOP 50 festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) and is the third largest Queer celebration in the world. http://www.pridetoronto.com

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*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited and Allies

Cyndi walking to the White House

Cyndi walking to the White House with Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese to meet President Obama and hear him talk about his signing of the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which is now the law of the land. Violent hate crimes against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will now be recognized and prosecuted by the Federal government.

Cyndi Lauper Dolls

The Brazilian artist named Marcus Baby is well known for replicating several famous artists in small shapes. Currently one of his latest addition to his collection is a doll of Cyndi Lauper in the Hey Now style. The artist had also previously created two others in the She’s So Unusual and True Colors forms.

Cyndi Lauper Dolls
Cyndi Lauper Dolls

Above a picture of the three models. The most recent addition to his collection is the “Hey Now” version. If you want to find out more about his work please visit his personal blog in portuguese Bonecos do Baby

The Story Behind the Cover – She’s So Unusual

Cyndi Lauper

Design by Janet Perr

The primary color-rich cover of Lauper’s debut perfectly caught her bubbly persona.

“Cyndi kept saying how she wanted peeling paint and walls that looked distressed,” recalls designer Janet Perr, “and I thought Coney Island. I knew that there were a lot of abandoned, boarded up buildings there. And of course, because it was by the beach, the lighting would be really beautiful.

“We were on the boardwalk with a boom box, and Cyndi had on a great vintage dress, and she was dancing with her shoes off. She was really like that – flouncy and jumping around – and I think that really came out in the photo shoot.”

Annie Leibovitz snapped Lauper in a pose like a new wave marionette.

The result: 16 million albums sold and a Grammy for design to Perr. “It was a great thing for me,” Perr recalls, “because the Rolling Stones called the week after.”
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Cyndi was Correct During a Conversation with Mr. Trump

One of our readers just sent an interesting e-mail in regards to a conversation between Donald Trump and Cyndi during the Celebrity Apprentice. Most of you probably remember when Mr. Trump corrected Cyndi’s sentence. Here in an interesting explanation that one of our female readers wrote:

I heard Mr. Trump correct you on the show last Sunday night when you said, “I feel bad….” I think you should tell him HE WAS WRONG! YOU WERE RIGHT. See below.

Bad vs. Badly
Often I hear the word “badly” used incorrectly. For example, “I feel badly for him because he didn’t make the cut.” Most grammarians believe that this statement is incorrect. In this case bad is an adjective that we use with the linking verbs: feel, is, seems, looks, or appears.

To feel badly implies that your sense of touch is not right. When you are referring to a sense of touch, then badly is used as an adverb describing the verb to feel or touch.

The correct way to say the sentence is, “I feel bad for him because he didn’t make the cut.”

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Cyndi Signs With Downtown Records

Cyndi has signed a new contract witho Downtown Records. Her new upcoming album Memphis Blues will be released on CD and LP June 22, 2010.

Downtown Records is owned and operated by Downtown Music LLC. Music on the Downtown label is distributed by Universal Music and Atlantic Records. Some of the artists that are under the label include Crookers, Miike Snow, Santigold and Gnarls Barkley.

Cyndi Lauper New Album Coming in June

Cyndi announced the title of her new studio album on during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres yesterday. The album is called Memphis Blues and will be schedule for release on Cyndi’s birthday, which happens on June 22, 2010.

Collaborations with some of the biggest names in blues music. She has been working with Ann Peebles and record producer Allen Toussaint.